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The 50 Best Toys for Kids to Cure Them of Their Perpetual Boredom

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Kids are picky, fickle little creatures, and honestly, that's a big part of their charm. The toys they want are ever-changing, and it can be seriously hard to keep up with what trend is cool, and what's "Ugh, so lame, Mom." Thankfully, there are people out here who's job it is to figure out what our kids want before it's sold out and going for the price of a small car on eBay.

Lists like Amazon's top toys of the year and Walmart's trendiest toys are impressive resources for figuring out what has been selling. As for what's the next big thing? Popular sites Pinterest and CNet have teams of experts that research the top trending data, past sales, and current events to predict what will be the hottest toys for kids. We agree that these are really overwhelming, but that's where we come in. It's our jobs to sift through the lists, cross-check them against one another and determine what it is that your kids really want.

We've combed these lists ourselves as well as used our own research and experiences to round up the very best, most engaging, and totally trending toys for kids that they'll be obsessing over.

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Best Tiny Creature Toy
Mattel amazon.com

 You're going to want to stock up on this hot toy, stat! Lil' Gleemerz features a fluffy tail that lights up, and the enchanting characters always respond to touch and sound. This toy = gifting GOLD. 

More: These Valentine's Day Crafts For Your Kids Will Keep Them Occupied For A While

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Best Science Experiment Toy
Crystal Growing Experiment
4M amazon.com

What kid wouldn't love a fun dose of science? With this crystal-growing kit, children can run their own science experiments and deepen their appreciation for all things rocks and gems.

The best part? Your kiddo will have an extra special crystal to add to the collection when the experiment is over.

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Best Dino Toy
Lydaz Race Track Dinosaur World Bridge
Lydaz amazon.com

If your kid is the type who would rather speak in roars than words and would gladly trade in their younger sibling for a baby T-Rex, the Lydaz Race Track Dinosaur World Bridge is the toy for them. 

With flexible tracks, your tot can create the dino world of their dreams. Complete with two dinosaurs, a car, trees, a door, and a hanging bridge, your little one will get lost in their very own Jurassic World.

More: These Diverse Toys Embrace Inclusivity, Diversity, and Are Totally Fun

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Best Satisfying Toy
National Geographic Play Sand

There is a trend in the toy community, and boy, is it satisfying! From slime to Slinkies, kids are totally obsessed with textures, shapes, and things fitting in their place exactly right. 

This kinetic sand will probably be the most satisfying toy your kids sink their hands into. Kinetic sand is super cool because it feels wet but is totally dry. It can mold like wet sand on the beach, but it never dries out. Your kids will have hours of fun molding with the six-piece set included with the sand. 

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Best Toy for Fine Motor Skills
Learning Resources — Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog
Learning Resources amazon.com
$9.35 (38% off)

This just in! The latest trendy animals are now the hedgehog and the sloth. That's right, unicorns — while still loved by many — are on their way out, and the sweet and prickly hedgehog is rolling its way on in. Satisfy your little one's love for the spiky creature with this toy that sharpens fine motor skills.

Your toddler will have to utilize the pinching and detailed grabbing motion of the thumb and forefinger to pull out each spike and put it back, which is essential to strengthening their fine motor abilities

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Best Throwback Toy
Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper
Flybar amazon.com

It's a pogo stick — reinvented! Even kids with not-so-hot skills can find their balance on this toy. It can be used indoors and outdoors, too, thanks to its foam material. The only thing your kid will have to do is jump and laugh.

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Best Family Game
Yeti In My Spaghetti
PlayMonster amazon.com
$7.99 (56% off)

Yeti In My Spaghetti is a silly and simple game that the entire family can enjoy. Lay the spaghetti strands over the red bowl, and place the Yeti on the top. Each family member will pull out a spaghetti noodle, one by one until the Yeti falls into the bowl.

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Best Interactive Toy
Fingerlings HUGS
WowWee amazon.com
$25.34 (16% off)

 If having a hand adorned with Fingerlings is on the top of your little one's to-do list, they will absolutely fall in love with this jumbo-sized, interactive Fingerling Plush. 

This sweet monkey hugs, kisses, and reacts to touch and sound. It even toots and lets out tiny burps that are actually adorable.

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Best Marble Run Toy
Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run
Ravensburger amazon.com

 Your little engineer will be able to unleash their creativity and innovation with this Gravitrax Marble Run. The 122-piece starter set can be assembled in infinite ways. This superior marble-run system combines kinetics, magnets, and design creativity to propel the marbles in different directions. 

Your child will be obsessed with finding new ways to put it together. Once they've mastered the starter set, you can purchase extra pieces to create a unique system all their own. 

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Best Construction Toy
Reeves Big Dig Ride-On Crane
Reeves International amazon.com
$40.89 (18% off)

Know a little aspiring construction worker? They'll go crazy for this sand-digger seat that levers, pivots, and dumps sand, just like in the working world. Whether on the beach or in the sandbox, they'll love maneuvering this "heavy-duty" construction tool. Hard hat not included. 

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Best Kid-Friendly Game
Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition
Watch Ya' Mouth amazon.com

Yes, this game produces an alarming amount of respiratory droplets, but thankfully, this isn't a game you're going to play outside of your home. 

However, kids love watching their parents struggle to say even the easiest of words while they seem to love to lean into the terrible pronunciations. 

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Best Tie Dye Kit
Meland Tie Dye Kit
Meland amazon.com

If you haven't noticed, everyone is baking banana bread and tie-dying whatever they can get their hands on. Since your kids aren't old enough to bake quite yet, this simple one-step tie-dye kit will get them in on this creative trend. 

With bright, vibrant colors, your kiddo can craft one-of-a-kind designs that will last through a few tumbles in the wash. 

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Best Baby Music Toy
Fisher-Price Dance and Groove Rockit
Fisher-Price amazon.com

 Got a tiny dancer on your hands? One way to get your little one grooving to the beat is by encouraging them to interact with the music. This Dance and Groove Rockit toy from Fisher-Price allows your little one to control the tunes; choosing from ABCs to fun instrumental music. 

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Best Character Toy
Star Wars The Child Plush Toy
Star Wars amazon.com

The buzz around baby Yoda from The Mandalorian series has been intense, making this one of the best toys for kids who love Star Wars. If your little one is a baby Yoda fan, they will instantly fall in love with this adorable character plush.

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Best Old School Game Reinvented
Ms. Monopoly Board Game
Monopoly amazon.com
$9.51 (52% off)

The classic game of Monopoly has a new character, and she is running the show. A twist on the original game, in this version, players are able to buy inventions created by innovative women instead of property.

At the start of the game, women are paid higher money and earn more when they pass go. Filled with pro-female entrepreneurship themes, this might be your child's preferred version of the game. 

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Best Smartwatch Toy
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Time to Learn Smartwatch
Fisher-Price walmart.com

Your baby will feel like they are rollin' with the big kids with their very own smartwatch. With a light-up screen, tunes, and engaging activities, your tot will never want to take their watch off.

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Best Active Science Toy
Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket
Stomp Rocket amazon.com

 Get ready to launch a rocket straight into the air, all without batteries or the help of NASA. This kid-powered Stomp Rocket shoots foam-tipped rockets up to 200 feet into the air. Whether they're stomping in the backyard or at the park, they will be blown away by how far their rockets will soar. 

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Best Train Toy
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
LEGO barnesandnoble.com

Choo, choo! All aboard! There is something about trains that just manages to capture children's hearts. Your aspiring conductor will love this colorful locomotive and the adorable characters that come with it. As they use the blocks to build the train, your tot can sharpen their number- and color recognition skills.

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Best Pirate Toy
Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset
Treasure X amazon.com

Treasure X toys were huge during the 2019 holiday season, and this year, the company has come out with a new version that's expected to be even hotter.

Kids can discover hidden treasures as they navigate 25 levels of action-packed adventure, defeating evil Kraken as the Sea Lord.

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Most Innovative Building Toy
Clixo Crew 30 Piece Pack
Clixo amazon.com

 Part building block, part origami, part magical screen-distraction device, the Clixo is one of our favorite new toys. Made of flexible, durable plastic paper, the Clixo shapes can be formed into infinite shapes and designs, providing kids hours of stimulating builds. 

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Best Instrument
The ONE Light Keyboard
The ONE Music Group amazon.com

 If your child is itching to pick up a new instrument, but you're not sure if you have the cash to shell out for lessons, bring home this quality keyboard. 

It functions just like a regular piano keyboard, but it also features the ability to teach your child new music by connecting to an app. The keys will light up and show your kid how to play songs. It's entertaining and will leave your child with music skills to last a lifetime.

If the skill really takes off, you can also bring home this 88-key piano keyboard that teaches music in the same way.

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Best Board Game
Unstable Unicorns Base Game
TeeTurtle amazon.com

 After raising over $1.8 million on Kickstarter, there is an obvious reason why this game already has a loyal following.

The premise of the game is pretty simple: You build a unicorn army, and the first person out of two to eight players to do so is the winner. But the trick is that every player — or friend — can potentially betray you and steal or demolish your unicorn army in order to create theirs first. 

The full set of rules can explain how to play in-depth, and an NSFW expansion pack is available — but we promise, it's a magically unstable time!

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Best Doll House
KidKraft Girl's Uptown Dollhouse With Furniture
KidKraft amazon.com

Upgrade your little one's dolls living with this uptown, luxury dollhouse. Sure, the dream house is cute, but it's also a detailed high-rise with three levels, five rooms, and two outdoor hangouts. 

The sturdy wooden structure will keep this dollhouse standing for years to come — and honestly, it's so stylish that your kid's dolls won't want to move out!

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Best Pretend Register
Hape Checkout Wooden Register Pretend & Play Role Play Set
Hape amazon.com

This wooden toy is every kid's dream come true! Your kid will soon become a natural at ringing up orders and making change. Plus, this toy is non-toxic. Cha-Ching!

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Best Inclusive
Barbie Fashionistas Doll
Barbie amazon.com
$16.87 (16% off)

For decades, Barbie has been a cookie-cutter image that didn't leave much room for variation. Fast-forward to now, and Mattel, the creator of Barbie, has released the Fashionista line as a way to make Barbies more inclusive and normalize diversity. This cutie with the bomb curls is the perfect addition to your child's growing clique. 

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Best Role-Playing Toy
Calico Critters Grand Department Store Gift Set

 Calico Critters have been around since the '80s when they launched in Japan. Since then, the line of classic characters has expanded, and the playsets (like this grand department store) are coveted by younger children and older kids alike.

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Best Play Food Toy
Fill & Fold Taco & Tortilla Set
beeposh amazon

 It's Taco Tuesday, and your little one is the chef. This adorable set of make-believe food comes with everything your little one needs to create the play meal of your dreams. 

From a can of pinto beans to a box of yellow rice and 41 pieces in between, your kid will love getting familiar with traditional Latin flavors as they craft delicious pretend meals. 

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Best Coloring Toy
Easy Playhouse Fairy Tale Coloring Pages Castle
Easy Playhouse amazon.com

We're all trying to be just a little bit better to the planet, and that can start by decreasing the amount of plastic toys we buy our kids. 

This cardboard castle lets kids do the work of decorating it, thanks to the coloring-pages exterior. And it should be noted that just because it's cardboard doesn't mean it's not sturdy. Think of all the boxes your kids keep around for months and months just because they've determined it's the perfect theatre/mailbox/veterinary office. 

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Best Live Learning
BH Butterflying Kit With Caterpillar Voucher
Insect Lore amazon.com
$21.97 (12% off)

I promise this isn't as gross as it sounds. In fact, it's quite a nifty learning experience. It comes with a voucher to have caterpillars shipped right to your door (which is as gross as it sounds) and everything you need to grow some beautiful monarch butterflies.  Watch your kids take in the wonder of their transformation while they are truly learning from life in action. 

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Best Car Toy
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends, Batmobile
Fisher-Price amazon.com

Your kid probably has dreams of becoming a crime-fighting superhero like Batman. While that might be a farfetched aspiration, this transforming Batmobile will make them feel like the billionaire vigilante himself. 

With spreading wings and easy-to-maneuver wheels, your kid will get hours of play out of this great toy.

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